Yahoo Mail Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

It is possible to utilize Yahoo Mail's web portal and Yahoo Mail account settings to send, receive, organize and manage emails using another email client such as Outlook if you are a user of the service. There is a single application for managing several Yahoo Mail server settings. You may find the SMTP, POP3, and IMAP settings for your selected email software here.

Yahoo Mail SMTP Settings

POP or IMAP for receiving the email doesn't affect your SMTP server settings for outgoing mail. When you add a Yahoo account to your email client, you'll often find the SMTP settings under the Yahoo Mail settings area.

Sending a message to Yahoo Mail requires the following information to be entered into the email client:

Option Description
SMTP Host:
SMTP Port: 465-SSL or 587-SSL
SMTP Username: Your full email address (
SMTP Password: Generate App Password

Most desktop, mobile, and online email programs and services are compatible with these email settings for Yahoo (for example, Outlook and Gmail). All your emails and Yahoo folders will display in both places when you've set up your Yahoo account in your favorite email client.

Yahoo Mail Settings For Receiving Email

POP or IMAP Yahoo email server settings are required to receive emails.

Yahoo Mail POP settings

Option Description
POP3 Host:
POP3 Port: 995
Requires SSL: Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (
POP3 Password: Generate App Password

Yahoo Mail IMAP Settings

Option Description
IMAP Host:
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (
IMAP Password: Generate App Password

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol, whereas POP stands for Post Office Protocol. These protocols are utilized by an incoming mail server (such as Yahoo) to send it to the receiver to accept incoming mail.

How To Generate App Password

A single password is required to check in to certain older, third-party email programs that don't use the Yahoo branded sign-in page. You will need to generate and use an app password to utilize these applications. For a non-Yahoo app to access your account, you must provide a lengthy, randomly created app password. Your third-party email app will only ask for this code once you've signed in.

Here are the steps to obtain an app password:

  1. The first thing you need to do is log in to your Yahoo Account Security page.
  2. You can get your app password by clicking the Generate App icon.
  3. Input the name of the app on the space provided.
  4. Enter the Generate Password icon to continue.
  5. Follow the instructions prompted and click Done.

💡 Tip: You can cease POP access by removing the POP settings from the program you are using. Your Yahoo Mail account does not need to get altered in any way.

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How POP and IMAP Differ

Both POP and IMAP are email retrieval technologies that let you access emails on your device after they've gotten stored on a mail server. When using a desktop email client like Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple Mail, Spark, or a comparable one, you'll need one of these. When you utilize webmail (such as, you don't have to bother about these email protocols since the service takes care of everything for you.

The more established of the two, the Post Office Protocol, is POP. As a mechanism to get emails from a distant server in 1984, it was designed by the company. POP2 and POP3 were two further updates that brought some new features. Despite being abbreviated to "POP," the current version of the protocol is POP3. However, POP4 has been inactive for a long time. POP is an older protocol to copy emails from the server to the app. The actions taken in the app do not affect the email sent from the server.

Here are notable features of POP:

The Internet Message Access Protocol, or IMAP, was first developed in 1986. The creators intended to let users retrieve email from a distant server when it first got designed. Many interfaces don't include the number of the current version, which is IMAP4. You may access and control your email from any location using IMAP. Emails on the server are affected by what you do in the app.

Here are notable features of IMAP:

While POP retrieves emails from the server, IMAP leaves them while caching messages locally. In this way, IMAP serves as a kind of cloud storage for your Yahoo email settings.

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